Taxon profile


Large Blue
Phengaris arion (Linnaeus, 1758)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Arthropoda - arthropods »  class Insecta - insects »  order Lepidoptera - butterflies and moths »  family Lycaenidae - gossamer-winged butterflies »  genus Phengaris

Scientific synonyms

Glaucopsyche arion (Linnaeus, 1758)
Maculinea arion (Linnaeus, 1758)

Near Threatened


Taxon in country check-lists*

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Intertaxon relationships

food: Thymus L. - thyme

symbiont (mutualist): Myrmica sabuleti Meinert, 1860, Myrmica scabrinodis Nylander, 1846

Similar species

Phengaris ligurica (Wagner, 1904)

Related glossary terms

myrmecophile, myrmecophily

Distribution maps

Links and literature

CZ EN Laštůvka Z., Liška J.: Checklist of Lepidoptera of the Czech Republic [] [as Maculinea arion (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 28 February 2009
EN Fauna Europaea 2.4 [441074]

de Jong, Y.S.D.M. (ed.): Fauna Europaea [] [as Phengaris arion (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 9 March 2012
EN IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018-1 [12659]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [] [as Phengaris arion (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 3 August 2018
EN SR Djurić M.: Butterflies of Serbia [] [as Phengaris arion (Linnaeus, 1758)]
CZ DE Bělín V. (1999): Motýli České a Slovenské republiky aktivní ve dne, Kabourek, Zlín [as Maculinea arion (Linnaeus, 1758)]
CZ EN Farkač J., Král D. & Škorpík M. (eds.) (2005): List of threatened species in the Czech Republic. Invertebrates, Agentura ochrany přírody a krajiny ČR, Praha, 760 pp. [as Maculinea arion (Linné, 1758)]
EN Jakšić P., Nahirnić A., Petrović S. (2013): Compendium of Serbian Butterflies with Vernacular Names, Bulletin of the Natural History Museum, 6: 75-88 [as Phengaris arion (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 18 January 2014

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